The Microsoft Health platform includes a cloud service for consumers and the industry to store and combine health and fitness data to create useful insights.
“We see an opportunity to bring the devices and services that give us access to a wealth of data about our nutrition, health and fitness, together to allow you to combine the information they collect and use the power of the cloud to turn that data in to something more valuable,” said Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, Todd Holmdahl.
Microsoft Health will be available for consumers from the new Microsoft Health app which recently launched on Android, iOS and Windows Phone. In parallel the Microsoft Band was also launched, a smart band designed for Microsoft Health “for people who want to live healthier and be more productive.”
Microsoft Health is envisioned to make tracking personal fitness “easier, more insightful and more holistic.” According to Holmadahl, Microsoft Health will unite data from different health and fitness devices and services in a single, secure location. “Once stored in Microsoft Health, you can combine the data you generate from different devices and services – steps, calories, heart rate and more – to receive powerful insights from our Intelligence Engine.”
Microsoft’s Intelligence Engine will share insights such as which exercises burned the most calories during a workout; the recommended recovery time based on the intensity of a workout; and the amount of restful vs. restless sleep.
Over time, the user will have the choice to combine their fitness data with calendar and email information from Office as well as location-based information and more. “As you make more data available, the Intelligence Engine will get smarter and provide more insights, such as fitness performance relative to work schedule; whether eating breakfast helps you run faster; and if the number of meetings during the day impacts sleep quality,” said Holmadahl.
Microsoft Health will work with UP by Jawbone, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper, and will soon give users the option to connect their Microsoft Health data to HealthVault to share with their medical provider.
“We are also excited to launch the Microsoft Band, a smart band designed to be worn 24 hours a day by people who are active both in the gym and on the job,” said Holmadahl. The Microsoft Band has 10 smart sensors for 24-hour heart rate monitoring, calorie burn measurement, advanced sleep quality tracking and more.
The Microsoft Band will also keep users connected at a glance with notifications including incoming calls, emails, texts and social updates.
Microsoft Band is currently available in the US for $199.